When Terry and Cindi Ruder visited the in 2018, they witnessed extreme poverty firsthand — but they also saw incredible signs of hope. Even in one of the most impoverished areas of Guatemala, the Ruders saw how their generous support of Cross Catholic Outreach has helped local Catholic leaders fight poverty, restore dignity and provide a pathway to a brighter future.
“Santa Rosa was an inspirational visit to us,” said Cindi, of Houston, Texas. “You see the people, you see the stress they live under, the poverty that they live in daily… But then you see the hope that comes from seeing people care for them. So in visiting those areas, we were able to see the real impact it had on the people that live there.”
While struck by the material change in Santa Rosa — including a clean water project and safe housing initiatives — the Ruders were also touched by the spiritual transformation of the children and families they met.
“It is just something that is very inspiring for us — spiritually — and knowing that we have people praying for us every day just as we are praying for them,” said Terry.
Added Cindi, “We were really impacted by the way they share their faith. They kind of epitomize what it means to be a Christian, and that makes you want to be a better person yourself. So we are hoping that other people have the same heart that we have for those in need and will be able to help.”
When we respond to God’s generosity, lives are transformed. Cross Catholic Outreach donors Bill and Cindy Pressprich responded to God’s generosity in their lives by contributing to community transformation in Santa Rosa. Bill and Cindy were moved by the experience, including witnessing the incredible joy of the people in the midst of poverty.
In addition to witnessing the extreme challenges of poverty, Bill and Cindy Pressprich experienced the incredible, positive transformations Church missions are producing in those areas. Donors like Cindy and Bill are essential to continuing this positive momentum. Their compassion for Santa Rosa’s families plays an important role in our vision of relieving poverty in Guatemala through safe housing, food, Catholic education and more.
Cross Catholic Outreach offers vision and mission trip opportunities for parishes, families and individual benefactors who either fully fund or contribute significantly to a project that blesses the poor. Trips provide a deeper understanding of the challenges families face in developing countries — and open hearts to a more meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. These trips welcome a fresh perspective on the beauty of the Catholic Church by allowing participants to get involved with hands-on ministry such as building homes, feeding vulnerable children and joining together at Mass.
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2023, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.